10 Sneaky Ways to Make a Small Space Look Bigger

A small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Try these 10 easy room-expanding tricks to help you maximize your square footage.

1. Space It Out

Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your bed or our favorite trick of floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. Breathing room around your furniture lends the appearance of more space. 


2. Paint with Light Hues

Dark colors are definitely design-friendly, but they make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colors such as white, cream, pale grays and blues to keep it light, airy and open.

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3. Use Multifunctional Pieces

Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a simple way to streamline a room. Try a vintage steamer trunk or an ottoman with built-in storage to tuck away blankets and books for a clean look.


4. Use Mirrors

Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple ones salon style to create a statement wall.


5. Fold It Up

Dining tables that are small or that have drop leaves, which allow it to become smaller when not in use are ideal for small areas, meaning you can make the most of your eating-slash-living area.


6. Go Monochromatic

Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale gray on trim and detailing for an open-air French-inspired room.


7. Ditch Window Treatments

Skip the dark-inducing drapes and leave your windows uncovered. This will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad’s got depth — and reveal the natural landscape outside. If your room requires some privacy, try gauzy sheer white drapes for an airy feel that will keep prying eyes out.

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8. Think Big

It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? But one prominent furniture piece such as a statement armchair will keep the space uncluttered and open.


9. Pop Your Ceilings

While bright white opens up a room (on walls), going for a dark ceiling creates depth while fun fixtures draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height. photo via


10. Color Code

Give your favorite items a little structure by arranging by color and height. This will turn a potential clutter disaster into a streamlined display with personality. image via



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  • Such great tips, something i should definitely bookmark and keep in mind, since i’m always struggling making our small apartment look bigger!

  • These are some great tips! I am always looking for ways to make my bedroom look bigger!

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  • loveforall

    Nothing we haven’t already heard before but the images are delightful! The coffee table in #8 is spectacular!

  • CASA & Company

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  • Alicia

    Love, love, love this post! Amazing tips and great imagery – I’m so inspired right now!!

  • I love all of these ideas! I have a feeling they will be useful in the future! Thanks!

  • disqus_PYrqdIk7dK

    That painted ceiling is EVERYTHING.

  • Gillian

    Love the idea of color-coordinating books!!

  • Wuzzah huh? What’s going on in 8. Think Big – is that a chandelier sitting inside a clear acrylic coffee table, or is that a reflect of a chandelier?

  • shreya gulati

    Sounds like a great idea! I saw http://www.jabong.com/home-living/home-furnishing/ and found some really great things to make small spaces look bigger!

  • shannon burgess whittle

    Awesome tips!! I am a decorator, and I have to say you have fantastic ideas!!! Thanks a bunch!

  • Kevin Westbrook

    I love these ideas! Can’t wait to implement them into my new space that I bought at corcoran.com/hamptons

  • Robin Bruce

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  • Emma

    Those are great ideas! I think I am going to try a couple of them!

  • John Sapp

    When a room is stuffed with wrong furniture, it makes the room look smaller thus creates a cluttered, crowded feel. Probably using minimal mid sized furniture for a small room will be a best space saving solution.